Fabrosaurus (Fabre’s lizard)
Jean Fabre – 1964
Estimated 6-7 feet long
F. australis (type)
Early Jurassic, 200 million years ago
Fabrosaurus is a genus of small, herbivorous dinosaur that lived in what is now South Africa during the Early Jurassic period, around 200 million years ago. The name Fabrosaurus means “Fabre's lizard,” in honor of the French paleontologist Jean Fabre, who discovered the first fossils in 1964.
Fabrosaurus was a bipedal dinosaur, meaning that it walked on two legs, and was only about 3 feet tall and 6-7 feet long. It had a small, slender build and a long neck that it used to reach vegetation. Fabrosaurus likely ate a variety of plants, including ferns and horsetails.
Fabrosaurus is important to paleontologists because it represents one of the earliest known ornithischian dinosaurs, a group of herbivorous dinosaurs that includes Triceratops and Stegosaurus. It also provides insight into the early evolution of dinosaurs in the Southern Hemisphere, as many of the earliest known dinosaurs have been found in South America and Africa.